For those looking to test their skills, there’s a new challenge available on the Evidence Trail. Near the high point of the trail, there is now an alternate route that takes you across a log skinny. What’s a log skinny? Well, basically, it’s a log that has been trimmed down with a flat surface that allows you to ride across it.
I first got up to the completed log skinny last weekend. The log itself has been sculpted for a while now, but the completed on and off ramps were new to me. The on ramp is sturdy and well constructed, made from treated lumber and heavy duty bolts. The transition onto the ramp is further enhanced with smooth and well placed rocks. The exit is made of large, closely spaced boulders, and resembles a cobblestone path. The entrance and exit looked safe to me, and the log itself is wider than the trail I just rode up on. Would this day be the day I tried it? Nope. I chickened out.
Jeff Potter suggested that I might want to get more familiar with my new bike before attempting the stunt. Yeah, he was right! Did I really want to damage myself or my new bike on its maiden voyage? No way! Instead I got the camera out and watched Potter do the log skinny a couple times.
A few days went by, and I started thinking of the Log Skinny story I would write for Bike Carson. For the sake of good journalism, I knew that I’d have to ride the log to write a decent story. I was starting to feel pretty good on the new bike, so I knew it was time to get it done.
So how does it ride? While the entrance is smooth and well constructed, there is still a bit of a bump as you transition from dirt trail, to ramp, to log. In effect, there are three obstacles to think about, the two ramps and the log. At least at first. I think once you get more familiar with riding it, it will be easier to think of the whole thing as one unit.
Once I got on the log, it seemed a lot easier. It’s nice and wide, and you just need to look at the very end of the log to keep yourself riding straight. You always look where you want to go. I did have a strange sensation that my tire pressure was low, and after a couple days thinking about it, it may have just been my knees shaking!
The exit is pretty easy. It’s gnarly to look at, but is actually very smooth. Even with a rigid fork! Walking my bike down the exit before attempting to ride it helped me visualize the line better, and gave me confidence that it would be easy to roll on out.
To be honest with you, I did have to put a foot down at the top of the on ramp before riding on down the log. I tried it a second time, but was still too nervous to ride the whole thing. This gives me something to improve on for next time.
While the ramps are well constructed, the log wide and stable, you should still use caution when attempting this stunt. Have a buddy with you for assistance should something go wrong or to capture your heroics on film. Although the log isn’t huge and is near the ground, it’s still a pretty good drop to the ground on the downhill side. I’ve already heard more than one story of people falling off the log and utilizing their helmets, so be careful!
Have you ridden the log yet? How’d you do?